New York’s Response to Puerto Rico Devastation: ‘It’s Personal for Us’
As a global capital, where seemingly every country and culture has sent a delegation, events a world away have a way of reverberating in New York. It can be a burst of jubilation after a soccer victory. Or it can be the pangs of anguish following turmoil or a disaster abroad. For months after the earthquake in 2010 that ravaged Haiti, the Haitian community in New York housed relatives and sent back money and supplies. Similar aid efforts have also been organized after the recent earthquakes in Mexico.
But now a combination of the historical bonds, the scale of the destruction and a sense that the American government is not mobilizing anywhere near enough to match the calamity that has befallen its own citizens has gouged a particularly deep wound in the Puerto Rican diaspora.